Trump International Golf Links - Ireland - Clare - Ireland

Trump International Golf Links,
Ireland,
Doonbeg,
Co.Clare,
Ireland


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  • 40 miles W of Shannon Airport

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The name Doonbeg is derived from 'Dun Beag', which roughly translated means small fort. So it's no surprise that this pretty seaside village grew up beside a castle, which was built in the 16th century for the Earl of Thomond. You'll find Doonbeg 40 minutes or so due west of Shannon airport. Just keep going until you reach the Atlantic. You can't miss the golf course _ just look out for the mountainous dunes and keep your eyes peeled and somewhere around these spectacular 100ft high sandhills, you might get a glimpse of the Great White Shark. Because this is the course that Greg Norman built - his one and only architectural ensemble in the whole of the British Isles.

Apparently Norman made 23 visits to this amazing piece of links-land, which curves and tumbles for a mile and a half around the crescent-shaped Doughmore Bay. "When I first looked at this site, I thought I was the luckiest designer in the world," Norman said. "If I spent the rest of my life building courses, I don't think I'd find a comparable site anywhere." Norman's design is totally in tune with nature - 14 greens and 12 fairways were simply mown - not much earth moved for Greg here at Doonbeg. The look and feel of the layout is old-fashioned and the routing follows an out-and-back style, synonymous with traditional links architecture. Not bad for a course which opened on July 9, 2002, marked by an exhibition match between Padraig Harrington and the Great White Shark. Norman won 2 & 1.

According to legend, officers of the Scottish Black Watch Regiment planned to turn these dunes into a golf course in the early 1890s, but they settled on Lahinch because it's located closer to the railway station. When Norman got his hands on this land a century or so later, he said: "I'm not going to Americanise this golf course - not one single foreign blade of grass". Norman remained true to his word, but the club is American-owned and their membership philosophy is that Doonbeg is the ultimate home club for the discriminating international golfer. Ah well, at least Doonbeg is open for green fees and it's also open for local residents.

The layout is unusual in that it has a combination of five par 3s and five par 5s - the par 72 course measures 6,885 yards from the back tees. The signature hole is probably the 14th, a par three and one of the most sensational short holes in Ireland, although there are many memorable holes on this remarkable course. The 14th measures a mere 111 yards, but hitting the green is easier said than done because there are numerous distractions... the Atlantic stretches out beyond the green and the wind will dictate your club selection. Expect to take anything from a sand wedge to a 3 iron and hope for the best.

The Doonbeg project is believed to be the largest single investment in this part of Ireland and this amazing golf course has a magnetic appeal for thousands of golfers. Doonbeg is a priceless jewel between Lahinch and Ballybunion and one that simply must be played.

In February 2014, US property tycoon Donald Trump bought the Doonbeg property in a deal said to be worth €15 million. The facility was renamed Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Ireland and the course was redesigned over a two-year period under the architectural stewardship of Martin Hawtree at a reputed cost of €5 million.

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Description: Doonbeg is the course that Greg Norman built, but it was redesigned by Martin Hawtree over a two-year period after the property was acquired in 2014 by Donald Trump and renamed Trump International Golf Links. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 35
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Cédric
Third visit to Doonbeg and my impressions are getting worse every time… Now they have built lots of bungalows and a huge mansion, which despite being impressive and good looking, feels really out of place when, like me, you’ve seen the course in its most natural look when it newly opened. I feared it, and that was confirmed! Obviously the fact that 3 winter greens were in play and that the par 3 14th was closed didn’t help judgment. Having seen the 9th green, I really wonder if it is ever going to be in play this summer, that bad it looked!! The course though hosts 4 world class holes:1st, 13th, 14th and 15th. As the previous reviewer said, the 10th hole is really poor and one can really question the greens on 12th (has a bunker in the middle: what is that all about??) and 2nd (really quirky). You can’t help but feeling that they didn’t get the max out of this truly stunning looking place (environmental problems??) and therefore, the routing is also questionable. Trying to match the giant neighbors (Lahinch, Waterville, Ballybunion) didn’t really happen despite the huge amount invested. Can’t see myself returning soon…
April 29, 2008
6 / 10
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gearoid Linnane
The whole package from when you arrive at the bag drop to stepping onto the 1st tee is first class the problems are really with the course - yes there are really great holes mainly the 1st (is there a better opening hole in links golf?) and the 18th (a great finishing hole) but in between there is a mixture of the good and the bad. It is obvious when you are there that the best of the dune land is closed off and the designers couldn't maximise the courses potential, therefore you end up with some great holes like the par 3 9th and then this is followed by the 10th which is just a field with a flag at the end of it. The par 3 14th is nice to look at with the sea as a backdrop but you do not need a club at all - just kick the ball off the tee - its 111 yds form the tips and down hill - a real disappointment. viewing the clubhouse/hotel from the far end of the course across the bay is magical but i'm afraid the course, while a good addition to links golf in this part of ireland, is just not up there with the standard bearers Ballybunion/Lahinch and Waterville.
November 01, 2007
6 / 10
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Phlip
I have visited Ireland many times, and am a member at several top clubs in the USA (Pine Valley for one).The combo of golf and hotel is matched nowhere else in Europe. This is twice the course Ballybunion will ever be, much less the negatives of it's clubhouse and town (any town that has a stature of Clinton has to be misguided at best). Doonbeg, County Down, and Portrush are the big three of Ireland.
October 17, 2007
10 / 10
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Jim
November 01, 2007
Amazing somebody can rate a golf course based on whether you are a Democrat or Republican supporter - Thats not a rating but just a political opinion - Thought this was a Golf Course Review website!!
Stan
November 01, 2007
Intersting.. keep your politics out of course reviews. First time I have ever heard a member of Pine Valley flaunt it. Goes to show that being a member of a great club does not qualify one as a golf architecture expert. Doonbeg over Ballybunion...pulease.
Dave
September 12, 2008
I politely dissent. Having played here three times, I am just shocked at the good ratings when a half dozen holes are simply hokey. This is the poorest of all major Irish links courses. The bus drivers confirm this time and time again--golfers are disapointed after leaving here. "The resort is top notch...now all they need is a golf course."
James Reader
Great course and fantastic fun to play - stands comparison with the best Irish links. My only criticism would be for the bunker in the middle of the 12th green which seems a bit of a gimmick on a course that really doesn't need any.
September 29, 2007
8 / 10
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ThaiMay
I stayed in Shannon area for 3 days in April 2007. On the 1st day, I played at Ballybunion then Lahinch. Both were really attractive and very good courses. However, Doonbeg where I played on the 3rd day was the best among those 3 courses. It's very beautiful and conditions of fairways and greens were excellent but it's really tough. I felt Doonbeg was tougher than Ballybunion and Lahinch. Every player must be strategic. I must also mention that all staff are friendly and helpful. Excellent services.
May 31, 2007
10 / 10
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alex
Doonbeg is pure G. Standing on the 1st tee must be one of the most attractive opening scenes in golf. A monster par 5 with the characteristic amphitheatre surrounded green. Greg has done a magnificent job. Supremely kept tracks, and wonderfully positioned dancefloors, make for a fest of entertainment. The experience is a wonderful mix of US hospitality and Irish charm. A must.
November 06, 2006
10 / 10
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Tim Browne
I had read a lot about Doonbeg before playing the course and wondered whether it would be a disappointment "in the flesh", as they say. It was not. This is a terrific golf course. Pure links with tight lies, sand everywhere, the smell of the sea and some holes played almost in the sea. You even have snails, but you cannot see them! The course has a lot of excellent holes, some truly great holes, some unique features eg 12th green with a bunker in the middle, some incredible greens and one disappointing hole. You must play this course. If you enjoy links golf you will appreciate lots of natural links holes that you woyld expect on a good links course but this has features worth travelling a long way to see and enjoy such as the approach to 5th green, the shock when you see the 6th green, the par 3 9th along the shore, the green site at 10th, trying to hit the green at 11th into the wind and the 15th another superb hole with a great green site. Only disappointment is the much photographed par 3 14th set against the backdrop of the sea but if you are not on the green, which is set at a funny angle to the tee, you are dead. Perhaps the ferocious cross wind put me off! This course is certainly in the top 10 links courses in Ireland.
August 04, 2006
10 / 10
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Ken Cochrane
While it lies among the sand dunes and occupies a spectacular setting, the course fails to live up to its billing. Having opened four years ago, this represents Greg Norman’s first and to date only attempt to design a links course. Unfortunately, a links course it is not. An American tricked up course with elements of links: yes. Sure it’s a fun course to play, but the blind tee shots and the bunker in the middle of the green got old real fast., not to mention the110 yard par 3 14th into the 30 knot breeze onto a pickle shaped green with absolutely no bail-out. Its fine for the single digit handicapper to take it on with a vengence, but those of us mid teens ‘cappers better have at least a sleeve ready for this one along with a good sense of humor. The greens and fairways were well managed and the tee boxes were fine. This isn’t a true links course, so don’t come over the pond just for it, nor is it worth the price, but if you are here and can’t get on Lahinch, it’s a better than seeing another castle.
July 10, 2006
6 / 10
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luke
January 12, 2009
How can you say this isn't a true links course??? This is links golf in it's purest form - a fight against the elements, quirky bunkers, tight lies, slick greens. Don't come across the pond if you don't understand links golf!!!
Cédric
Played a second round exaactly a year after the first one in june...Was maybe not as impressed but it still feels really good.I could play that short par 3,number 13 (or 14 I am not sure?) for the rest of my life!!! 1 negative point though:their complex is almost done now and I am afraid the place will lose of its charm....
December 30, 2005
8 / 10
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I enjoyed playing here immmensely. I don't think I've ever lost so many balls in one round, but then again, I don't think I've ever played such a fantastic course. Even with 40 mile an hour winds and horizontal rain, the condition of the course was immaculate. My only criticism is one hole on the back nine that has a bunker in the middle of the green. A course should not punish you for hitting your 2nd shot to the middle of the green
October 24, 2005
8 / 10
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